Ted Sarandos to keynote at Banff World Media Festival

Netflix's chief content officer will take part in a fireside chat set for Monday, June 15.
February 25, 2020

Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has revealed that Netflix’s Ted Sarandos will serve as the first keynote for its 2020 Summit Series, with the streamer’s chief content officer taking part in a fireside chat on Monday, June 15.

Sarandos, among the most influential figures in the content business, oversees the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix TV series and films. He led Netflix’s first forays into original content in 2013 and in recent years he has overseen a slate that includes Stranger Things, Umbrella Academy and The Crown, as well as feature films such as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Irishman, Bird Box, Roma and Marriage Story.

“Great stories can come from anywhere, and many have had their beginnings at Banff World Media Festival. Netflix is proud to be a part of BANFF, working with our incredible partners and deepening our commitment to a vibrant Canadian creative community whose work is seen and loved by the world,” commented Sarandos in a statement.

Considered one of the most powerful people in the entertainment world, he has been key to landing major deals with top producers such as Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, as well as former U.S. president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. And under his watch, Netflix led the industry in Oscar nominations this year with 24 nods.

“Ted’s contributions to global media have been astounding and revolutionary,” added BANFF executive director, Jenn Kuzmyk. “It’s almost impossible to quantify the impact that Netflix and its content has had within the entertainment business as well as the daily lives of people around the globe. Ted continues to support new voices and champion groundbreaking work, raising the bar for creative excellence.”

BANFF’s Summit Series, launched last year, has previously featured Quibi founder and Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, PBS CEO Paula Kerger, AMC Networks’ Sarah Barnett and Paul Feig.

This year’s BANFF runs from June 14 to 17.

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